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Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
michelle obama. nelson mandela became a living symbol of freedom. the strength of the human spirit. and moments ago president obama spoke about mandela. >> he drew for words spoken at president abraham lincoln's death bed >> he achieved more that be can be expected of any man, today, he's gone home, we've lost one of the most influential he and pro foundly good human beings any of us will share time with on earth. >> he no longer belongs to us. but to the ages. >> president obama plans to travel to south africa to attend the memorial service. the bay area is mourning the loss of bay area have given me and my delegation hope to continue farther >> thousands cheered when he spoke in 1990. mandela visited shortly after being released from prison. congressman barbara lee shared these thoughts with thus summer. >> president mandela is a person who really demonstrates that sacrifice is sometimes what it takes to be able to continue with the fight of freedom and justice. >> many point to the bay area as being a world wide leader in the antiapartheid movement. years of protests forced loca
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Dec 10, 2013 1:40am PST
there today to celebrate nelson mandela. shortly we will be hearing from president obama as we see the mandela family right there. that is nelson mandela's grandson who is now seen as the read of the family, seeing tribal responsibilities. the family gathered outside of noond's home in johannesburg. and they are coming together to celebrate nelson mandela today. this memorial service will go on for several hours here in south africa, and then his body will be taken to pretoria where he will lie in state for three days before the funeral on sunday in his homeland. let's go back. >> a dignified and fitting memorial service in honor of our father, nelson mandela. >> winnie mandela there, former wife of nelson mandela. and his current wife, his second wife there, as well. third wife, excuse me. >> we applaud you and thank you for that. on behalf of the president, i welcome all of you who have travelled from all corners of the world and extend warm words of wisdom from friends all over the world, and let us give nelson mandela's friends as well as the friends of south africa, from all over
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Dec 10, 2013 5:00am PST
a rainy soccer stadium in south africa to remember nelson mandela. president obama described the former antiapartheid leader as the last great liberator of the 20 the century and thinks of how to apply his less sons to himself as a man and as president. >> breaking overnight, stormy weather in washington, dc, has forced the ntsb to postpone the hearing on the asiana flight 214 at sfo. this the second time the hearing has been postponed. in october it was delayed by the government's financial shut down. now it is a weather shut down. >> thousands in california could fine themselves with no health insurance because of a backlog at the exchange. the governor of california has until december 23rd to process 25,000 applications. a spokesman says that even with the extra staff, they may not get them done in time. >> just tip bobby better is is - justin bieber is in the philippines to help victims of the typhoon haiyan and urges fans to donate money with a goal of raising $1 million for relief efforts. a contest gifts donor as chance to hang out while he works on the next am bull. storm
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am PST
to attend the memorial for nelson mandela with a moving tribute president obama paid to the leader. >> the federal hearing into asiana flight 214 crash at sfo scheduled to get underway right now is postponed. we will tell you why. >> good morning at 6:00. we start the morning with bart news. >> service between san francisco and dublin is moving normally now at this hour after passengers faced early morning delays. amy hollyfield has more on what is happening from the east bay. amy? >> kristen, more bart problems. what happened was there was a power outage at the daly city station and no train could get from the city to dublin and this station here in san leandro became a key player in this problem. they were bringing passengers here and they were taking them to dublin. so, it cause some delays and it was a round about way to get from one point to another and now the power is back on and life is returning to normal on bart but it will take time to get back to normal so expect residual delays. you have a bigger problem if you are just about to leave the house. >> there are residual p
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Dec 6, 2013 12:35am PST
obama met nelson mandela when he was just a junior senator here in 2005. and years later his wife had the chance to tell mandela what he meant to her and the president. >> you cannot imagine how important your legacy is to who i am, to who my husband is. i just said, thank you, thank you, thank you. >> reporter: so back during his first visit there was little wonder why, watching a 71-year-old man dance could please so many. it was the walk that preceded it. when i met mr. mandela there was time for one question. mr. mandela, i asked, what is the one thing in life you know for sure? with that elegant smile he answered, good and evil are constantly at war. good men must choose. with defiance and dignity in equal measure. nelson mandela chose and america loved him for it. >> this was at 4:00 in the morning. >> that's right. >> thanks very much. appreciate it. we'll be right back. through all of our energy operations, we invest more in the u.s. than any other place in the world. in fact, we've invested over $55 billion here in the last five years - making bp america's largest energy inve
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm PST
are remembering nelson mandela, a man who changed this world. president obama saying just hours ago he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. at 95, his death not a surprise, but the lessons of his life still reverbrating around the globe, that long walk to freedom, brimming with humility, resilient, a determination to forgive. and there has been a huge outpouring of emotion, reaction from around the world tonight, our team there starting with abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran who joins us right now from london. terry? >> reporter: it is a profound moment for south africa and really for the world, the marking of the passing of this remarkable man and of the end of an era in human grace and dignity. in south africa itself, in the neighborhood which was a segregated township where nelson mandela lived before he went to prison for 27 years and where he went home to. there is a combination of mourning, of sorrow and celebration and gratitude, people gathering outside of his home and dancing, celebrating the life of nelson mandela. reaction pouring in from around the w
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Dec 6, 2013 7:00am PST
obama called nelson mandela a moral giant, who embodied the dignity, the courage and the hope to inspire millions of people around the world. mandela, a personal hero to the president. let's bring in jon karl from the white house for more on that. president obama kept that photo, from his one brief meeting on his desk in the oval office. >> reporter: that's right, george. that photo is of a chance encounter that senator barack obama had in a washington hotel room with nelson mandela back in 2005. a copy of it was also in mandela's office in south africa. that is somebody who the president saw, not just as a hero, as a great leader. but also as the person who awakened him to the outside world. in a sense, listening to the president, you get the sense that there would not be a president obama if it were not for nelson mandela. the very first public speech that barack obama ever gave was as a young college student in 1979, for mandela's cause, speaking out against apartheid in south africa. now, president obama hoped to meet one last time with nelson mandela in june when he traveled
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Dec 8, 2013 8:00am PST
other words, there night not be a president obama if not for nelson mandela. for "this week." jonathan karl, abc news, washington. >>> and we're lucky now to be joined by four individuals who had unique working relationships with nelson mandela. bill keller. dr. gay mcdougall, who campaigned for his release from prison. stan greenberg, his pollster and strategist. and ambassador jendayi frazer. thanks to all of you for being here. bill, let me begin with you. we ended the piece with the relation obama and nelson mandela. and president clinton. they're important but didn't agree in important ways as politicians. >> they are. it's -- was noteworthy that the president he felt closest to was bill clinton because they had more in common and that mandela and obama. mandela has the joy in the robust give and take of politics. the schmoozing. the deal-making. the stage craft. the theater. obama is more cerebral. he doesn't seem to enjoy going up and shaking hands and the favors. >> speaking of the political theater. we have the video. you were with mandela on the day he cast the vot
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Dec 6, 2013 4:00am PST
. >> first lady michelle obama expressing the thoughts of so many when it comes to nelson mandela. >> many well-known others, of course, taking to social media to have their say about him. abc's jim avila reports. >> reporter: nelson mandela made history in grainy black and white. but his death was fully covered by modern social media, approaching 4 million tweets in the first two hours after his death was announced. former president bill clinton posting this picture. a handshake and the words, i will never forget my friend, madiba. and on facebook, george w. bush, president mandela was one of the great forces for freedom and equality of our time. he bore his burdens with dignity and grace. and our world is better off because of his example. it's the type of worldwide experience that draws young and old, black and white, to share feelings. south african native actress charlize theron. my thoughts and love go out to the mandela family. rest in peace, madiba. you will be missed. but your impact on this world will live forever. director spike lee posted this picture with a simple message. and
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Dec 10, 2013 7:00am PST
curt franklin. president obama calling nelson mandela the last great liberator of the 20th century. >> he thanked president mandela for setting him on his own, what he called improbable journey to president. four american presidents there. along with 90 world leaders. much more from that coming up. >>> we're going to switch gears. and get to the strange story. a texas district attorney, fighting for her job after she was arrested for drunk driving. all of her behavior caught on tape. and despite that, she says she is refusing to resign. >>> and we have a diet soda shocker. new research that people are making the switch away from the low-calorie carbonated drinks. we're going to look at why they're not as popular as they used to be. >> a sea change in the beverage industry. >>> also -- ♪ "downton abbey." a lot of excitement, especially at the other end of this desk. the cast joining us. and look what they've brought. the tea truck, already rolled up. we're taking your questions, they are taking our orders. and we'll have it all for you. please, again, send us the questions on twit
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Dec 10, 2013 1:05am PST
outside of the box. i think nelson mandela set that path -- set that path and order for president obama. in openness to various viewpoints. obama's tendency to be bipartisan, i think, is pre-dated by nelson mandela's ability to bring so many pooh peoples together. both as an activist and president. >> that's what i want to talk about dr. fraiser, not only a revolution and freedom fighter but a statesman as the first elected black president of his country. that's a transition not all revolutionaries can make. >> that's correct. many continue to govern as populous. i think that president mandela actually not only reached out to the all of his people to try to bring them together and reconcile them but did so with an inclusive division. he didn't have to veer far from the traditions of his own political party. >> one of the things that i think president obama will talk about today in his brief remarks, we're told, 10 to 15 minutes, is that this was not all foreordained. the early days when president mandela was elected were tenuous times where so many of his supporters were still, i guess
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00am PST
leaders are ready to converge on south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela including president obama. the commander in chief's early morning departure and events planned for the late south african leader. >> first though, the sound of music, michael finney teams up with "consumer reports" to find out if you really need to spend out if you really need to spend big bucks to get [ bettina ] my dentist said to me that i had acid erosion. he actually told me that a lot of the foods that i thought were really healthy for me can do damage to the enamel on my teeth. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel. pronamel will help protect the enamel from future erosion. mwhat does that firstd spoonful taste likok. honey bunches of oats. ching! mmmm! mmmm! mmmm! wow! it's the oats. honey. yeah. honey bunches of oats. this is a great cereal. ♪ [ male announcer ] laura's heart attack didn't come with a warning. today her doctor has her on a bayer aspirin regimen to help reduce the risk of another one. if you've had a heart attack, be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regime
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm PST
to others to keep his words and deeds alive. nelson mandela met president obama only once, as seen in this photograph at the start of his career as a u.s. senator. he was forever inspired. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: belongs to the ages indeed. mandela once said, it always seems impossible until it is done. and even though we long expected this, it's still so difficult for many to take in right now. >> it is. we learned president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa in the coming weeks. abc's alex marquardt is on the ground in south africa for us tonight. alex, describe the scene there. >> reporter: good evening. when you look at the crowd of mourners, you understand why this country is called the rainbow nation. all across the board of south african society there is a profound loss. you can hear behind me, there is also celebration, a phenomenon that has broken out across the entire count
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Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm PST
famous. >> if you can proceed through life with just a portion of nelson mandela's humility, you will be a huge success. >> reporter: the audacity of mandela's rise also inspired a young politician from illinois. senator obama visited his cell on robben island when his own destiny was but a dream. back then there was little wonner why watching a 71-year-old man dance could please so many people. it was the walk that preceded it. during his visit to boston 23 years ago i met mr. mandela ever so briefly. there was time for one question. mr. mandela, i asked, what is the one thing in life you know for sure? with that elegant smile he answered, good and evil are always at war. good men must choose. with defiance and dignity in equal measure, nelson mandela chose and america loved him for it. byron pitts, abc news, new york. >>> and byron is here right now. what a wonderful story of your encounter with him. he always said that courage isn't the absence of fear but the ability to triumph over it. >> exactly right. mandela often said he was a student of gandhi. martin luther king, america's
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am PST
south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service tomorrow. president obama is expected to be among the 50 heads of state attending the event. prince charles will attend on behalf of queen elizabeth. yesterday was a day of prayer with the former leader remembered at churches across the country. officials say tomorrow's service will be full of prayer and celebration. >> the nation and the fans of south africa and madiba come together to pray for him. >> a family friend who visited mandela at his bedside who visited mandela at his bedside said he was not on life support during his final moments and he was surrounded by his family. stay with abc news as the world pays tribute to nelson mandela and later this half-hour, we will have remembrances from his grandchildren who cannot forget the most difficult days. >>> fans and friends of paul walker turned out for a public memorial in southern california. many brought flowers and many drove high-performance cars that walker loved so much. walker an a friend died last weekend in a fiery crash of a powerful porsche. the incident is still bein
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Dec 6, 2013 1:40am PST
example that nelson mandela set. >> tell us more about president obama's last trip to south africa and when he first met mandela as a senator. >> reporter: president obama was in south africa in june. nelson mandela was very sick at that point. the white house said out of respect for him and his family they were not going to have the obamas go and meet him. instead, he took his wife and daughters to nelson mandela's cell on robben island. he said it was a privilege and honor to be there. the first and only time they met is right after president obama was elected senator in 2005. it was at a hotel here in washington. the president, then senator, was not on nelson mandela's schedule but he stayed strong and persevered and he got himself on that schedule. they had a brief meeting and there is an iconic photo taken that day by one of the president's aides, and that photo hangs in the west wing. >> the only photo that exists of that meeting, by the way. karen travers reporting live from washington. thank you. >>> mandela died at his home surrounded by his youngest daughters who were in lond
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Dec 6, 2013 11:00am PST
from around the world released nelson mandela and dismantled apartheid. president obama will travel to south africa to pay his respects to mandela ordered the flags flown at half staff. >> this morning, prince william is remembering mandela as an extraordinary and inspiring man, the duke and duchess were guests at london premiere of "mandela, a long walk to freedom," when they received wore the leader had died. rinse william expressed his sympathies as he live theater with kate and a moment silence was held after the final credits. >> musician richie was the first to tweet about the leader. when mandela made the tour of the united states in 1990 richie actually served we as his fashion stylist and was if charge of updating the look after three decades in prison. in the bay area, many petroleum -- petroleum who had the honor of seeing him in person are remembering the leader. he inspired tens of thousands during an appearance at the oakland coliseum 23 years ago. it was singing and celebration and he was here in june of 1990 a few months after being released from prison. 58,000 peopl
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Dec 10, 2013 11:00am PST
tribute for nelson mandela was underway in johannesburg with a joyful crowd dancing in the stadium as president obama honored the legacy. our reporter has more on the celebration for a man who changed the world. >> the world descended on johannesburg to celebrate the life of nelson mandela. tens thousands singing and dancing in a downpour. that is a sign in after a. >> when it rains it means your goals are welcoming you. >> four united states presidents, obama, bush, chip ton -- clinton and carter, joins 94,000 in the soccer. president obama greeted cuban leader raul castro, coming together to honor the man that south africa called madiba. and madiba would give voice to the claims of the oppressed like martin luther king. >> his lifelong fight for freedom is remembered through song. ♪ madiba >> and prayer. >> we beseech you in your great loving kindness, the soul of nelson mandela. >> three of his grandchild took the stage. amen, women, and children side-by-side, dreaming the same dream. >> residents of his home village watched the memorial live on tv. the former president will b
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Dec 6, 2013 5:00am PST
from president obama. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. it falls to us as best we can to follow the example he set. >> memorial grew outside the embassy in washington with ten official days of mourning. people are sharing their memories of nelson mandela on our facebook payment -- page. >> now if san rafael the red cross is helping six people displaced by a house fire find shell december that break out on a home before 3:00 this morning. a dog and two turtles inside the home were okays as well, this morning. >> the police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man found lying on the street. police have identified the victim and released this photo of him. according to investigators, officers found rodriguez suffering from a wound if vallejo yesterday. he died at the hospital. police are asking anyone with information about the shooting or the gunnen ma, to give them a call. >> a vigil is held in vallejo for 26-year-old man shot to death last friday at an apartment complex. he was found dead after police got reports of gunshots on carolina str
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Dec 9, 2013 5:00am PST
, with president obama and the first lady just boarding on the way to south africa to pay tribute this week to nelson mandela with other world leaders >> gas prices have got up three cents a gallon according to the new survey putting the national average for a gallon of regular at $3.29, nearly ten cents less than a yearing a at this time. california above average price rose four cents to $3.5 a gallon and the cheapest gas in the lower 48 is in tulsa, oklahoma, where drivers pay $2.84 a gallon and the most expensive gas is not in the bay area but in los angeles, $3.61. >> butterflies are the latest political target in san francisco, the commission on the environment approved a resolution urging the toy been releasing but the for flies at weddings saying they are animals to be respected and should not be used add decorations. mop arcs are the most sought after for ceremonies. supporters are concerned the butterflies could damage native species. >> a start-up is looking to invent the incredible edible egg without the "egg." the san francisco start-up backed by bill gates is scouring the
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Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm PST
life of nelson mandela. president and mrs. obama boarded air force one today for the flight and riding with them, former president george w. bush and his wife, laura and former secretary of state hillary clinton. bill clinton will meet them there. jimmy carter arrived and oakland congress woman barbara lee is part of the under the circumstances -- u.s. congressional gel del investigation. here is a look at the schedule of the events in south africa. >> this is where the big public memorial will take place tomorrow. the 95,000 seats will be packed tomorrow with south africans of all stripes as well as dignitaries from are around the world this, will be the biggest event during the week of mourning, started yesterday with prayer and remembrance. will be follow by the three days of lying in state in the capitol, for the south africans to say their final goodbyes sunday will be the funeral mandela will be laid to rest in the village where he grew up. >> abc news is planning live coverage of the memorial to begin at about 1:00 a.m our time. they hope to carry the service until presid
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Dec 8, 2013 5:30pm PST
more than 50 world leaders will arrive to honor nelson mandela. that number growing. president obama leaving on air force one tomorrow night with the first lady, of course, who met mandela with her daughters. the obamas have invited former president george w. bush and laura bush to travel them. the bushes have said they will. former president clinton and hillary clinton making the trip, as will former president jimmy carter, too. tonight, we learned queen elizabeth, who met mandela a number of times, has asked that her son prince charles attend in her place. and on this sunday in south africa, a day of prayer. and word from one of nelson mandela's daughters, during his final days. abc's byron pitts is there. >> reporter: this sunday was soaked in symbolism. the former township, once the epicenter of the anti-apartheid movement. grief and gratitude stretched across generations. he spoke for a nation. >> i'm here today, he fought for our freedom. if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be here. we wouldn't be having all the things that we have. >> reporter: for nelson mandela's memorial serv
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Dec 10, 2013 4:00am PST
atlanta. >>> to the top story, the memorial service for nelson mandela. thousands have gathered in the cold and rain in a stadium to mourn mandela and to celebrate his life. >> president obama is among the world leaders paying his respects. he arrived with the first lady. president george w. bush, his wife, laura, and former e serk tear of state hillary clinton. we'll have a complete update on "good morning america." >>> concern this is morning about the fate of a missing nevada family. >> the two adults and four children set out for a day in the snow and they have not been heard from since. it's an especially dangerous situation since temperatures have dipped below zero both nights. and the area is remote and vast. >> it's the proverbial needle in the hay stack. >> they'll be searching the area by plane again this morning as soon as it gets light out. >>> a corruption scandal. 18 current and former deputies are accused of mistreating former jail mates and visitors. one visitor thrown into a refrigerator and locked up for five days without being charged. they're always accused of hidin
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Dec 9, 2013 11:00am PST
and track live doppler 7 hd. download it free at abc7news.com >> president obama and the first lady are on the way to south africa to pay their respects to nelson mandela. now the latest on the other world leaders headed for johannesburg and a final tribute. >> the week long farewell to nelson mandela is underway in south africa. >> this is the spit of the people around the world and here in south africa in the streets and townships and suburbs, people are united, holding hands, helping each other. >> president obama and first lady departed washington if south africa joined by george w. bush and his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hick. tomorrow's event is held in the soccer stadium where mandela made the last public appearance at the world cup closing ceremony in 2010. the world literally is coming to south africa. 91 heads of state and government, ten former heads of state, and dozens of other v.i.p.'s will join 90,000 regular south africans eager to pay were ares to the man who healed a nation and changed history. security will be tight. flight restrictions and thousan
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Dec 10, 2013 4:30am PST
underway right now for nelson mandela, the former south african president and antiapartheid crusader. president obama is there along with other world leaders paying respects and celebrating his life. we will have more on this ahead. >> if you are headed to the east coast for the super bowl, there is one game day tradition you cannot take part in: tailgating which is banned at the super bowl at the stadium in new jersey so no barbecues or buffet tables in the parking lot. the head of the super bowl committee says the ban is due to safety concerns and a lack of space at the stadium. there are fewer than 13,000 parking spots for 80,000 fans and those lucky enough to get one are only allowed to eat and drink in or next to their car. they will not be allowed to pull out a folding chair. >> federalling as would made a sweep of drug dealers in the san francisco tenderloin will make more arrests in the future. we were embedded with the task force during the most recent sweep police and federal agents fanned out in the tenderloin targeting chronic dealers. many arrested face champions before.
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Dec 9, 2013 4:00am PST
madiba. a week-long tribute in south africa for nelson mandela gets under way. the farewell will include president obama and former u.s. presidents. >>> newlywed murder. a trial set to begin today for a young bride accused of pushing her new husband off the cliff. as new details in this case emerge. >> edge of the world. no harness, no safety net. a daredevil takes his handstand to new heights. >>> and good monday morning. we begin with snow-covered runways and roadways following a wintry storm that seemed to catch people offguard. >> and it's not over yet. a look at the radar there. after a day of snow and ice, the slow-moving system still stretching from the deep south all the way up to maine. >> and this is what it did overnight in the northern suburbs of new york city, icy roads contributed to this nasty multi-car pileup in yonkers. it sent 40 people to the hospital. no one was killed. >>> more than 1,000 flights have been canceled today across the country. a number that's sure to grow. here's a live look at philadelphia's international airport where more than eight inches of
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Dec 9, 2013 2:00am PST
memorials for nelson mandela. the remembrances far and wide as president obama and other world leaders head to johannesburg. >>> stunning announcement from singer susan boyle who captivated the world with her humble roots and winning voice. ♪ i dreamed a dream in time gone by ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> private diagnosis and why she's decided to
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Dec 6, 2013 6:00am PST
of silence after his death. there were words of tribute from president obama. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. it falls to us as best we can to follow the exam he cement. >> a memorial grew outside the south african embassy in washington, dc, with continue official daze of mourning ahead. >> in south african capitol, mourners lit candles and across the city,ing ins are flying at half staff. mandela's body was moved from the home in joe chance -- johannesburg to a morgue in pretoria. >> the flag is at half staff at buckingham palace and washington, dc as the request of president obama. mandela visited the bay area in june of 1990 with a speech in front of 58,000 people who came to see him at oakland coliseum. he was justry leased from prison. the state senator was on stage with mandela. show was mayor of with berkeley one of the only cities in the world that sanctioned south africa. >> that was a moment of shear joy for the entire community and the coliseum was full, every seat, standing room only, celebrating this extraordinary human spirit. >> in 1985, 1
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Dec 8, 2013 5:00pm PST
still a lot of work to be done to get local health services back up and running. >>> today nelson mandela was remembered with a national day of prayer and re flexion. mourn -- reflection. mourners gather in front of his former home. president obama and the first lady will be attending a memorial service on tuesday. in the bay area there will be a book for people to pay tribute to nelson mandela, starting tomorrow in oakland, san mateo and hayward, on wednesday there will be a civic memorial at city hall in san francisco. >> a pg&e worker is being treated for minor burns after a job-related accident. he was responding to a power outage. the worker was trying to put a transformer in a box. the transformer failed and he suffered burns to his hands and face. other crews rye placed the transformer. power was returned by noon. >> how a california man got a jump on ringing in the new year. plus, holiday parade too hot to handle. what investigators say caused this float inferno. temperatures are dropping out there tonight. we'll find out how much longer this cold snap will last. thosed ew
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Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm PST
. obama who met mandela shortly after becoming first lady. president bush and laura bush have been invited to travel with the obamas, and former president clinton and hillary clinton will travel to the tribute for nelson mandela. from south africa we hear from one of his friends who described those final visits with the man he revered. abc's byron pitts from outside mandela's home. >> reporter: nowhere has admiration for nelson mandela been stronger, expressed more passionately than a few feet from his doorstep outside his home where the beloved statesman took his last breath. >> by singing and dancing, it's a way of showing our appreciation. >> he represents this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday, a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lay in state in pretoria, the nation's legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood on the eastern cape. those closest to mandela say they wil
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Dec 9, 2013 4:30am PST
africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela and crowds of people condition to gather outside his home since news of the foam antiapartheid leaders tough death broke. president and mrs. obama will attend the new jersey memorial service along with former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and majority. it will be held at the stadium where mandela made the final public appearance at the 2010 world cup and will lie in state if three days in the capital before he is finally laid to rest after a state funeral next sunday. >> back in the bay area, a book of condoleents for nelson mandela's family be available starting today at the san francisco city hall if people to sign. a memorial book will be available at the memorial park in san mateo county and champion of the chimes locations in oakland and hayward. you can sign the book from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily until the end of the month planning to send the books to nelson mandela's family in south africa. >> we are learning of the veteran held captive in north korea if a if -- for a month. the 85-year-old is at a local home. he came
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Dec 8, 2013 7:00am PST
reflection, start of a week of events to honor nelson mandela in south africa. a memorial service is planned for tuesday, which the obama family and other dignitaries from around the world will attend. a private burial will be held next sunday where he grew up as a child. >>> a pennsylvania catholic schoolteacher says he was fired the same day he applied for a marijuana license in new jersey, a sam-sex marriage license. michael griffin said when he told his principal he was planning to get married to his male partner, he was fired on the spot. he said the headmaster for the school says the faculty is required to follow church teachings. >>> and a gold medal awarded to olympic champion jesse owens from the 1936 games was sold for 1.4 million bucks. that is the highest price for an olympic piece of memorabilia. owens famously won four track medals at the games. the auction says no one knows where the other three medals that he won are now located. >>> despite the frigid temperatures, hundreds of people donned swim suits for a charity run in madison, wisconsin. runners santa suits dashe
ABC
Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm PST
that president obama and former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter will attend a tuesday memorial service for nelson mandela in johannnesburg. this as family and friends remember the former leader of south africa. >> this represents the country. >> nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. on tuesday a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 905,000 people packed -- 95,000 people packed in the stadium. the former president will lie in state in the nation's legislative capitol. he will be laid to rest in the village of his boyhood. those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. he was one of mandela's closest friends and his lawyer. he remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital this last few months. >> make sure you take a jacket and don't leave it behind. for a man who is critical about my jacket says something about this man. >> in the last several months of his life, a number of family's problems are public from what to do with his money to where he should be buried. but they have a united front and spoken
ABC
Dec 8, 2013 11:00pm PST
worship to celebrate the life of nelson mandela. today's national day of prayer kicked off a series of memorials leading up to mandela's burial. president obama and first lady michelle obama will leave for africa tomorrow. they will join former president jimmy carter, bill clinton and george w. bush at a national memorial service on tuesday. >>> back here in the bay area, people began signing a memorial book at skyline memorial park in san mateo county. you can sign the book until the end of the month. the cemetery plans to send it to mandela's family in south africa. another book of condolences will be available at san francisco city hall starting tomorrow. >>> thousands paid tribute to "fast and furious" star paul walker at the site he died at the car crash. they added items to an already large memorial in los angeles. local car clubs organized the gathering via the social media. the sheriff estimated 5,000 people attended and some even cruised by the crash site in their own sports cars. you. >>> legal trouble for hiker aaron ralston who was portrayed in the movie "127 hours." he
ABC
Dec 9, 2013 5:30pm PST
to nelson mandela and world leaders from across the globe descending on south africa, including american presidents past and present. today president and mrs. obama were seen boarding air force one and on board a kind of presidential car pool. former first lady, secretary hillary clinton and laura bush and former president george w. bush. on board the group sharing memories of mandela as all eyes turned toward johannesburg and the service now just hours away. abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran is there. >> reporter: doves released into the skies outside nelson mandela's home today, a fitting tribute for a great man of peace. in johannesburg, meanwhile, it was all business. workers prepping the fnb stadium, capacity 94,000, for the massive memorial service taking place here tomorrow. security preparations are intense, and with good reason. the world has never seen a gathering of leaders like this one. flying in from more than 90 countries, from argentina to pakistan, trinidad to china, including four u.s. presidents, obama, who has been chosen to speak tomorrow and thr
ABC
Dec 8, 2013 4:00am PST
, started a week of events to honor nelson mandela in south afri africa. a memorial service is expected on tuesday, where a lot of kig any tears from around the world will attend, including the obama family. >>> a pennsylvania catholic schoolteacher says he was fired the same day he applied for a same-sex marriage license in new jersey. michael griffin said when he told his principal he was planning to get married to his partner, he was fired on the spot. they say that he is required to follow church teachings. >>> a gold medal from the 1936 olympics just sold. owens famously won four track med dallas at the games. the auction says no one knows where the other three med dallas that he won are now located. >>> despite the frigid temperatures, thousands of people donned swim suits for a charity marathon. the run benefits two local children's charities. >>> time now for the weather. back to lee goldberg from wabc. >> that was charitable with the temperatures out there. the ice the story. moving out of dallas. a half inch of ace there, you would do this on your streets. this guy's got some ski
ABC
Dec 9, 2013 7:00am PST
celebrating the life of nelson mandela. 91 world leaders including four american presidents attending tomorrow's memorial service. president obama and the first lady are flying there today, joined on air force one by president george w. bush. abc's chief foreign correspondent, terry moran, from pretoria. good morning, terry. >> reporter: this is a huge week for this country and people around the world. south africa is saying a long and beautifully affectionate farewell to the man that just about everybody here calls tata, father. candles and flowers at nelson mandela's house. a people's spontaneous tribute. at the south african parliament, in cape town, a special session begins this morning to honor mandela. at the fnb stadium where mandela made his last public appearance at the 2010 world cup, 91 world leaders are expected to join 90,000 ordinary south africans in a massive and historic memorial tomorrow. ♪ over the weekend, churches filled with songs and prayer in memory and gratitude for mandela's life. ♪ nelson mandela nelson mandela ♪ >> reporter: but to grasp the
ABC
Dec 8, 2013 9:00am PST
warning tonight. enjoy those toasty temperatures, san francisco. >> president obama and former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and billy carter will attend tuesday's massive memorial service in south africa for nelson mandela. this, as family and friends pay tribute to their national hero. here's abc news reporter byron pits. >> this represents the rainbow of this country. >> reporter: nelson mandela will be laid to rest in grand style. tuesday a memorial service like the world has never seen. some 95,000 people packed inside the fnb stadium. wednesday through friday the former president will lie in state in the legislative capital. next sunday mandela will be laid to rest in the small village of his boyhood near the cape. those closest to mandela say they will miss the simple things. this 85-year-old is his closest friend and lawyer remembers his friend's consideration even at the hospital these last months. he said, george, make sure you take the jacket with you, don't leave it behind. for a man who was critical, to be concerned about my jacket says something about th
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